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District 14

Thursday, September 29, 2016

15 questions with District 14 candidate Lisa Blackburn

“Brad Johns [is] a career politician who has run out of gas.”

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2016 at 4:03 PM

Blackburn can be reached at 902-489-7417 - and lisablackburndistrict14@gmail.com, or via Facebook and Twitter. - LENNY MULLINS
  • Blackburn can be reached at 902-489-7417and lisablackburndistrict14@gmail.com, or via Facebook and Twitter.
  • LENNY MULLINS

The Coast sent all 53 candidates running in HRM’s municipal election the same 15-question survey in order to help their residents and our readers know a little more about who’s running for council. Here’s what Lisa Blackburn from Middle/Upper Sackville—Beaver Bank—Lucasville sent back.

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Why should residents of your district vote for you?

I have an extensive history of community service in HRM and a commitment to serve the residents. My career as a broadcast journalist has allowed me to cover council for over 25 years. I know the issues and their backstory. I am prepared to properly represent District 14 at City Hall.

What’s something you wish people were talking about more this election?

Affordable housing.

What’s the last thing you Googled?

“How tall is Timothy Simons from Veep?” (6', 5.5 inches BTW)

What’s the most accurate criticism someone’s made about you?

I have trouble saying no.

What was the first concert you ever went to?
The Beach Boys at the Halifax Metro Centre at age 11.

What was the last movie you didn’t finish?
Godfather III.

What pisses you off?

Drivers who don’t use turn signals.

What’s changed the most in your district since 2012?

Development. A lot of new subdivisions have popped up, but little change in the infrastructure to support them.

What’s a specific moment in politics or your professional life that you really regret?

I was on Q104 for over 15 years and had plenty of cringe-worthy moments, but nothing that I regret.

What’s the last thing that made you really laugh?

CBC’s show The Debaters.

What’s your go-to meal when cooking?

Crock-pot lasagna.

What worries you the most about the Halifax Regional Municipality and the issues it's facing?

The need for affordable housing. It’s not just an urban issue. Also, outdated bylaws that don’t fit in with the rural experience in HRM.

How would you describe your opponents in this race?

Kevin Copley: Lovely young man who will make a good politician someday, but needs more experience first.
Brad Johns: A career politician who has run out of gas. His poor attendance record at council speaks for itself. You can’t be a voice for your district at the table if you’re not at the table.

What’s something you don’t know, but want to learn?

French. Have rusty second-year university French, but would love to be bilingual.

What do you promise NOT to do if elected?

Get an “F” Grade from The Coast.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

The battle for Middle/Upper Sackville—Beaver Bank—Lucasville

All the candidates and issues facing District 14 this election.

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 12:02 AM

District 14 includes the communities of Lucasville, Beaver Bank, Middle and Upper Sackville, and a northwest portion of Hammonds Plains. Click here for HRM’s boundary description. - AKIRA ARRUDA
  • District 14 includes the communities of Lucasville, Beaver Bank, Middle and Upper Sackville, and a northwest portion of Hammonds Plains. Click here for HRM’s boundary description.
  • AKIRA ARRUDA

Change could be in the air for District 14. Voters in the suburban sprawl of the Sackvilles and other rural residents will have to choose between an absent, popular incumbent who’s challenged by two strong newcomers.

Eligible voters: 16,496 (as of 2014)
(Up about 1,000 people from 2012)
Past voter turnout: 28.45 percent

The Candidates
Current councillor Brad Johns has represented the area for 16 years. He’s also HRM’s most-absent councillor two years running. Johns claims his time is better spent at seniors’ dinners than voting in City Hall, which helped him score an F in this year’s council report card. He’s has also refused to speak with The Coast during the election because of our past coverage. Johns is being challenged by former radio broadcast journalist and community service volunteer Lisa Blackburn. She’s joined several other candidates across HRM in calling for term limits, which could be interpreted as a stab at Johns. Blackburn has also been endorsed by Peter Stoffer—the popular and longstanding former MP for the area. The two opponents are up against North West Planning Advisory Committee member Kevin Copley, who’s likewise taking shots at Johns’ perceived lack of leadership in his campaign materials and even his “time for change” election signs.

The Issues
With a residential district comes the relevant residential concerns, such as pedestrian infrastructure (a lack of sidewalks, crosswalks, bus shelters), and infrequent transit. The community of Lucasville is lacking in bus service altogether—a concern that was submitted to council for a transit plan amendment back in April. Like other rural district, land use bylaws have sprung up as an issue in Middle/Upper Sackville—Beaver Bank—Lucasville. The municipality recently started to reinforce an obscure by-law that requires all lots to have a certain amount of public road frontage in order to obtain a building permit. Last week, residents and members of the protest group Save Rural HRM, held a protest outside of City Hall on the problem, joined by Blackburn and candidates from several other district. The district also had the lowest turnout in 2012’s election, but an extra 1,000 voters this time around could swing the pendulum in what comes down to a referendum on Johns’ work.

Click here to find out more info on how, where and when you can vote in HRM’s election.


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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

15 questions with District 14 candidate Kevin Copley

“I’m ready to hit the ground running in October.”

Posted By on Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 10:52 AM

Copley can be reached at 902-579-5555 and - info@kevincopley.ca, or via Facebook and Twitter. - VIA FACEBOOK
  • Copley can be reached at 902-579-5555 andinfo@kevincopley.ca, or via Facebook and Twitter.
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The Coast sent all 53 candidates running in HRM’s municipal election the same 15-question survey in order to help their residents and our readers know a little more about who’s running for council. Here’s what Kevin Copley from Middle/Upper Sackville—Beaver Bank—Lucasville sent back.

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Why should residents of your district vote for you?

This October, the residents of District 14 have a choice to make. They can vote for the same, or they can vote for change by voting for someone who believes in better for his community; by voting for someone who studied community design at Dalhousie University’s school of architecture and planning to learn how to make communities better; by voting for someone who has spent the past three years volunteering for HRM’s North West Planning Advisory Committee reviewing planning applications and following the same policies and procedures as HRM council; by voting for someone who spent the past three-to-four years volunteering in his community to gain a better understanding of the issues facing residents and how to better serve them; by voting for someone who has over a decade of private sector experience with a relevant set of skills that are transferrable to a role on Regional Council; by voting for someone who has committed to living his life in this community and has a vested interest in shaping the future of this district. The residents of District 14 should vote for me because I’m that someone and I’m ready to hit the ground running in October.

What’s something you wish people were talking about more this election?

This election in general.

What’s the last thing you Googled?

The answer to question six of this survey.

What’s the most accurate criticism someone’s made about you?

“You’re so stubborn” —my wife.

What was the first concert you ever went to?
Green Day, “the Dookie Tour,” Halifax Metro Centre, 1995. I was 15, traveled from Cape Breton to the city, rocked out and that very evening was introduced to Pizza Corner.

What was the last movie you didn’t finish?
Captain Phillips

What pisses you off?

You said keep it brief, whenever possible.

What’s changed the most in your district since 2012?

Aside from the creation of District 14 from two former districts, not a lot has changed, which is precisely why it’s time to elect a new representative for District 14.

What’s a specific moment in politics or your professional life that you really regret?

I really don’t have a particular moment in my professional life that I regret. I’ve carefully considered my decisions related to my career and have been fortunate that my hard work has turned into positive opportunity.

What’s the last thing that made you really laugh?

A lunchroom conversation at work. I work with funny people.

What’s your go-to meal when cooking?

Nowadays, whatever a four- and a one-and-a-half-year-old will eat.

What worries you the most about the Halifax Regional Municipality and the issues it's facing?

What worries me most about the Halifax Regional Municipality is a general lack of leadership on how to move forward as a regional municipality. HRM is polarized on issues on naming/branding, transit, development, density and can’t seem to come to any sort of consensus on solutions to these (and many more) issues.

How would you describe your opponents in this race?

I prefer not to comment.

What’s something you don’t know, but want to learn?

I don’t know exactly from where my ancestry comes beyond a couple of generations. I would like to learn that.

What do you promise NOT to do if elected?

I promise NOT to stay around longer than my best before date.

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